A Visit to the Medical Center for Birds

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Several years ago, Dr. Yin paid a visit to the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California to learn about bird handling. Using her notes and questions, we followed up with Dr. Brian Speer, the President & Director, on his approach to Low Stress Handling™ for birds and his efforts to change how veterinary professionals handle avians.

Cincinnati Zoo Penguin Training

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Dr. Yin enjoyed sharing ideas with others in her field. She wrote many articles throughout her life, a few of which had not yet been published before she passed.

Here is one article that Dr. Yin planned on publishing – we’re happy to be able to share it with you.
Have you ever had a dog or cat who just doesn’t play much with toys and wished that he did? Rickey Kinley, Senior Aviculture Keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo had a similar issue with the zoo penguins that he cared for, and decided to find a solution.

Wolf Hybrids: The Best of Both Worlds…or Not?

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What about wolf hybrids? Shouldn’t a hybrid between a wolf and dog get the best of both worlds? Maybe theoretically, but not realistically. While some hybrids—the ones with the most dog-like characteristics—can sometimes make great family pets, others—the more wolf-like ones— are a big risk.

Scrub Jay vs. Dog: Who is Smarter?

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Who is smarter? A scrub jay or a dog? The answer may surprise you. Read here about research done with scrub jays that proves just how intelligent they really are.

Why Its Risky to Have Wild Animals as Pets

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Why are wild animals dangerous to keep as pets? For one, they are not behaviorally adapted to living with humans. See what a 40 year study involving undomesticated commercial farm foxes reveals about domestication.

Bat Rabies Alert

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Bat rabies is on the rise, and rabid bats have been found interacting with dogs. Keep your dog’s rabies vaccination up to date.

Folsom Zookeepers Train Animals While Testing Their Skills

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It’s a sunny morning in Folsom and something odd is happening at the Folsom Zoo. Zookeepers and staff are waving their arms, flailing their legs, and balancing in weird positions. No, they’re not there to entertain the animals. They’re playing the training game. The game where two people collude to train a third person to perform behavior unknown to her.